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October 4, 2022

Interview with Lauren Bos and Damien Cole from Varuna Surf

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Partners in business and in life, Lauren Bos and Damien Cole from Varuna Surf are stoked to be part of the 2022 Byron Bay Surf Festival. Co-founder Damien, and Director of Marketing, Lauren, run the Byron-based Varuna from the Arts and Industry Estate and have created an amazing seed-to-surfboard range as a part of the collective journey into a more sustainable future.

Seven caught up with Lauren Bos to chat about the festival.

Lauren says they love the fact that the BBSF is all about enjoying the beauty and stoke of surfing. ‘It encapsulates the amazing subculture that has grown in Byron Bay, which is in large part thanks to surfing. Before we lived in Byron Bay, we came up for a visit, and it happened to be the weekend of the BBSF 2021. We were absolutely amazed by the outpouring of community spirit and overall stoke for surf culture that radiated from attendees and competitors alike!’.

Lauren feels that events like the BBSF are cornerstones in the surf lifestyle, bringing together community, surfing and an appreciation for the natural beauty of the area. ‘We are so fortunate to have this at our doorstep. These events are so integral to a healthy community. It strengthens community ties, building incredible relationships both personally and commercially, while spreading messages of happiness and gratitude for this incredible thing called surfing, which so many of us have based our entire lives around.’

Lauren said that surfing fits well into the art and performance arena as it is is a form of creative expression. ‘How your body moves and reacts in relation to the ocean’s movement is, in itself, a form of art. To then add music and other forms of art, like painting, is just a natural extension of that creative expression. The creativity that surfing brings overflows into the arts and music world, it becomes a whole way of life.’

Lauren says she and Damien are, of course, looking forward to the Woodsniffers event. ‘We’re so stoked that BBSF has created space for alternative shapes to have a presence in such a high profile community event. The fact that people are curious and excited by the prospect of riding wooden boards has us quite giddy. Some of our Varuna boards will be available for anyone to ride in the comp and we can’t wait to see how they’ll react. We also can’t wait for the closing party. We’re hosting a final shindig to celebrate what is sure to be an epic weekend of surf culture.’

Lauren says that both she and Damien prefer longer boards, so currently they are riding either the Maurice Cole 6”9 Twin Pin and Red Dingo. ‘We’ve got some new mid length models coming in, like the Joel Fitzgerald Cosmic Twin, and Darcy Mid Length Magic, which we’re so pumped to get in the water in the next couple of weeks.’

Varuna Surfboards will play host to the most inclusive day of the Festivals’ program – ‘Freestyle and Stoke’ on Sunday 11 September – with a range of surf events that Festival goers are encouraged to participate in, no matter their age, gender, or level of ability. 

Be sure to get your tickets for the after party early so you don’t miss out on a killer night of live music, bevvies, tasty eats, eco chats and, of course, the awards ceremony to announce the BBSF comp winners. 


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